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Snake River Farms Prime Beef Review

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I was recently hired by Snake River Farms to create a How-To video showing how to sous vide prime rib. They sent me an 11 pound and a 14 pound bone-in American Gold Wagyu prime rib roast (it also comes without the bone) to do the video with and I was really impressed with their beef.

Their steak is comparably priced to other prime beef and I've been very happy with the quality of it. The marbling is exceptional and the meat is especially rich and beefy. I think their beef is a very good "special occasion" beef when you are looking to enjoy an exceptional cut.

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Anova Nano Sous Vide Circulator Detailed Review

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This is a detailed review of the Anova Nano, an inexpensive sous vide immersion circulator recently released by Anova Culinary LLC.

This circulator is the latest generation of the Anova line, with the design focused primarily on reducing the cost and size of the circulator, making it available to more sous viders than ever before. But don't let the low cost fool you, this unit has the design, quality, and precision that Anova has built its reputation on. The purpose of this review is to give you the information you need to determine if the Anova Nano is the right immersion circulator for your needs.

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Instant Pot SSV800 Accu Slim Sous Vide Circulator - Detailed Review

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This is a detailed review of the SSV800 Accu Slim sous vide circulator, an inexpensive sous vide immersion circulator recently released by Instant Pot.

This circulator is the second sous vide circulator that Instant Pot has brought to market. The SSV800 Accu Slim is essentially a smaller, cost-reduced version of the original SV800, with very similar performance characteristics. The purpose of this review is to give you the information you need to determine if the Accu Slim is the right immersion circulator for your needs.

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Bernzomatic Torches: TS4000 vs TS8000 for Sous Vide Searing

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As more and more home cooks aspire to become accomplished sous viders, they are experimenting to discover the best ways to create an awesome sear on a variety of proteins. One of the more popular, and the one I use a lot, is to use a torch, either by itself or in conjunction with another technique such is pan frying.

There are numerous torch options available and we have reviewed several of them. In this article we take a close look at the two Bernzomatic offerings; the TS4000 and TS8000 and provide a recommendation. We also suggest a potential modification to the torch that you might want to explore.

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Tribest Sousvant SV-101 Sous Vide Machine Detailed Review

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Surprise! Surprise! Another company has brought a sous vide machine to the marketplace. As part of our ongoing challenge to keep our readers abreast of the equipment developments in the sous vide arena, we are providing this review of the Tribest Sousvant SV-101 Sous Vide Machine

The Sousvant is an all-in-one designed unit with everything needed to turn out great sous vide meals. Since it is a water oven you simply need to remove the carafe from the unit and fill it with water. Replace it on the base, use the digital operator panel to set the desired cooking temperature, then press "Cook" to get it started. Next, put your sous vide bags into the carafe, snap on the lid, and you are on your way. It could not be much simpler.

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Amazon Prime Day Sous Vide Deals

Today and tomorrow there are tons of Amazon Prime Day deals. The deals all start at different times, so check out the specifics here. We will be updating this page as we go, but here are some of our favorites that will be on sale at some point during it:

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SV Homewares Sous Vide Magnets Detailed Review

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Jamie at SV Homewares sent us a box of Jumbo Sous Vide Magnets to try. Jamie is a sous vide cooking enthusiast and entrepreneur who created SV Homewares to develop products for the sous vide space. He was also kind enough to provide me with some additional details and some of the justification for his design decisions in creating these sous vide magnets. I hope you find these interesting and beneficial as well.

Jason and I have been using these "red" magnets for a while now and they have turned into our "go to" solution to the how to prevent sous vide bags from floating.

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The "Bernzomatic" Name - Marketing Genius? - Not Exactly!

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I always find it interesting to discover how the names of both companies and products have been developed. As a sous vider I have been using the Bernzomatic TS8000 for a few years now. During that time, I have occasionally wondered where that name came from. While doing some research for a recent review of that torch, I stumbled across some interesting information on the name that I thought I would share.

First, I will present how I speculated the name was developed, and then present the actual history.

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SO-VIDA Sous Vide Weights - Review

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As sous vide cooking has rapidly gained popularity it has been interesting to see the new products that are continually coming to market. We try our best here at Amazing Food Made Easy to keep our readers up-to-date with reviews on these new products.

This review is on a relatively low-tech sous vide accessory - SO-VIDA Sous Vide Weights. We thank Will, over at SO-VIDA LLC, for sending us a package of three of these weights for us to experiment with.

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Disc Neodymium Magnets for Sous Vide - Detailed Review

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This past Christmas, my wife Barb gave me a pack of 10 CMS Magnetics N45 1.5" x 1/16" Disc Neodymium Magnets. Since then I have been using them extensively when I cook sous vide. Now that I have gained some experience with them, I thought it would be beneficial for me to do a detailed review, sharing some of the things I've discovered. Hopefully, this review will be of use to you as well.

In this review I will provide information on a variety of related topics including: Neodymium magnets, the handling and storage of disc magnets, and how they can provide benefits when cooking sous vide.

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All signed up? Great! A couple of recent things have set this into motion, but I’ve been thinking about it for awhile. So here’s why I feel this is necessary now, in three interconnected main points.

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SO-VIDA Sous Vide Insulation Bands and Mat Review

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SO-VIDA has introduced a couple of new products similar to the Sous Vide Container Sleeve we reviewed earlier. These SO-VIDA Sous Vide Insulation Bands and Mat are designed to cover standard cooking pots that are being used as a sous vide water bath container.

The manufacturer was kind enough to provide me with both the 4" and 5.5" versions of this product for free for this review. Here is my detailed look at the products.

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Mellow Sous Vide Machine Detailed Review

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Mellow is the first sous vide machine which can also cool the water bath as well as heat it. This definitely sets it apart from all other sous vide machines on the market.

I was able to spend quite a bit of time with a Mellow that was provided to me by the company for free. This allowed me to run some objective tests on the unit and also to cook numerous items as well. I hope this article will help you better understand the Mellow, its strengths, its weaknesses, and if it might be an appropriate investment for you.

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Chatwin Crucial Knife Set Review

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We were given a full Chatwin Crucial Knife Set to use and test out. I used the various knives for most of my cooking for about a month.

The short answer is that The Chatwin Crucial Knife Set is a uniquely designed, very cool looking set of knives. The knives are on the lighter side, comfortable to use, cut very easily, and seem to hold their edges. There were a few minor issues I had, so with the higher price it kept them from being a "Top Pick" but they are definitely a "Recommended" knife of ours.

Below are my detailed thoughts on them.

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Do You Need to Use an Ice Bath After Sous Vide?

One of the more confusing aspects of sous vide is whether or not to use an ice bath. There are times that using one is very important, times that it can be useful for flavor development, and times it isn't needed at all.

Because of this, people can take ice bath usage out of context and use it when they don't need to. Here is a detailed look at when you should use an ice bath, and when it doesn't matter.

When You Need a Post-Sous Vide Ice Bath

The only time you really need to use an ice bath is when you are going to store food for later and it has come right out of the sous vide machine. For example, you cook 5 bags of chicken breasts, eat one for dinner and put the others into your freezer, in the sous vide bags, to eat later.

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